Fantasy sports bill unlikely after AG’s warning: State Senate president

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A FanDuel advertisement is seen as the New Orleans Saints take the field against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 15, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Senate president says legislation authorizing fantasy sports is unlikely to pass after the Connecticut attorney general said it could jeopardize the state’s slot machine revenue-sharing agreement with the two federally recognized Indian tribes.

Attorney General George Jepsen said in a letter released Monday there’s a “high degree of uncertainty” as to whether daily fantasy sports are games of skill or games of chance. If the latter, Jepsen says they could violate the agreement if played on a device considered a video facsimile.

Earlier this month,  lawmakers passed a proposed tax package that expected to raise about $9.5 million from fantasy sports to help balance the state’s deficit-plagued budget.

The Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans have exclusive rights to operate video facsimile games in exchange for providing the state with 25 percent of the revenues.

Democratic Senate President Martin Looney says the bill is unlikely to pass given the “substantial risk” it presents to the agreement.